Burlington's Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Inn

5825 Jefferson Street , Burlington, KY 41005 USA (Show map)

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Experience sophisticated charm and relaxed country living at this award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Choose between two masterfully restored early and mid-1800s buildings furnished with appropriate antiques and reproductions. Attention to detail and luxurious touches include whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush robes and towels, fireplaces, triple sheeting with fine linens, down comforters, top quality mattresses, fresh baked cookies, and complimentary beverages. Guests may also enjoy in-room massage, wireless Internet, cable TV and DVD player, and a comprehensive movie collection. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily at individual tables.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Wonderful Experience!

5 on July 10, 2017

This was our first time at the Willis Graves Bed &a Breakfast and we cannot wait to go back! We are also planning on giving gift cards or nights to family and friends as future birthday/holiday presents. Highly recommend this B&B!

Innkeeper Response
We enjoyed having you! Hope to see you again.

- Jennifer Goodman (innkeeper)

Perfect B & B.

5 on June 20, 2017

Very comfortable and warm. Food was delicious and owner very gracious.

Perfect getaway just outside of Cincy

5 on June 20, 2017

It was our first getaway and couldn't say anything but amazingness. The room was clean and romantic - the bathroom was just perfect. For a couple from Cincy who wanted to lounge around in robes and eat fantastic breakfasts (the new owner is a chef!!) --- this is perfect! At night we walked the grounds enjoying the sounds of frogs and nature. There is nothing to do around the B&B and only two sit-down restaurants but for us that was all we wanted for our two-night visit.

Top notch

5 on June 06, 2017

I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Very nice place and very nice people!

Top Notch B&B

5 on May 14, 2017

A very clean and quiet B&B in a small town in Kentucky that is close to multiple food and shopping outlets as well as the interstate. The inn keepers are very friendly and helpful with finding local points of interest. We stayed at the log cabin which was wonderfully rustic and still well appointed while providing a private boarding experience. The breakfast offerings were wonderful and delicious, my favorite being the breakfast pie. I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone. My only problem is that we live over 700 miles away making repeat visit difficult for us, but I definitely would if I were to return to the area.

Lovely Stay

4.6 on May 11, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Willis Graves B&B. Our hosts were delightful and the accommodations as promised.

Birthday Wish

5 on May 09, 2017

This was our second stay at the Willis Graves and had another great time. The warm welcome, fantastic room and the wonderful care was second to none. We loved our room in the cabin with the beautiful decor and great amenities made the stay perfect. Nancy make your stay so comfortable and with Sandy make every thing great. We look toward to our next visit!!

Relaxing and Quaint

5 on May 09, 2017

Very quiet and relaxing place. Friendly owners. Excellent breakfast.

Burlington Flea Market

5 on April 26, 2017

Clean rooms, very friendly staff. Our 3rd visit, we eill return.

Great combination of luxury and charm

5 on April 25, 2017

Our stay in April 2017 was outstanding! We booked the entire cabin for a two-night stay with my parents. They took the lower level suite and my husband and I had the upper level room. Both had beautiful bathrooms with steam showers, jetted tub and lovely finishes. Great location just outside of Covington and just a quick/easy trip to the Ark Encounter. We were too tired to stay up and play games in the lower level living area, but it was very nice with room to stretch out. Amazing breakfast options, guest lobby in the main house, plenty of easy parking, very kind hosts. Go! You will not be disappointed. Truly is as lovely as the photos!

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Rooms & Rates

03 Mr. and Mrs. Graves' Suite

Private entrance with living room, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Queen size bed, double whirlpool bath, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Air mattress for extra guests (additional charge).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

01 Catharine's Room

Our coziest room. Features include full size bed, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen cable TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with whirlpool tub/shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

02 Thomas' Room

Our larger room. Features include four-poster queen size canopy bed, lounging chair, desk, high speed wireless Internet, flat screen TV, and DVD/CD player. Private bath with large showerhead, oversized single whirlpool tub, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

04 Willam Rouse Log Cabin Retreat, Second Floor

Second floor bedroom with queen size canopy bed, desk, couch, TV/DVD/CD player, high speed wireless Internet, refrigerator, and microwave. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool tub, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

05 William Rouse Log Cabin Suite

Queen size extra long canopy bed, gas fireplace, desk, TV/DVD/CD player, wireless Internet. Spa bathroom with double whirlpool, steam shower, robes, and hairdryer. Private deck, lower level living room with TV/DVD player, refrigerator, and microwave.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Small town


Cincinnati, OH (CVG-Cincinnati N. Ky.) 9 miles

Directions to property:

Our exit number from I-75/I-71 is #181. If traveling south on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #182 and is called Turfway. If traveling north on I-71/75 the exit before our exit is #180 and is called Union. - Exit 181 - Take KY 18 West to center of Burlington. - Turn right on Jefferson Street (Route 338). - Follow to Willis Graves, at the 2nd bend in road on the left.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Our website has a full listing of area attractions for you to enjoy during your next visit to Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn., Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa

On-site amenities

Movie library, Parking , down comforters, triple sheeting, fresh-baked homemade cookies plated on your pillow each afternoon, complimentary bottled water and sodas available in the dining room mini-frig, both buildings have a covered porch for sitting outside

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Fairgrounds, Fair, Horse Shows, Car Shows, Antique Show (at Fairgrounds), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Please check our website for current policies and cancellation terms.
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Jennifer Goodman

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Dog-Innkeeper's Quarters Only

About the innkeepers

Nancy and Bob Swartzel have turned their love of antiques and building restoration into an award-winning inn on the edge of a small town twenty minutes from Cincinnati. Their attention to detail is evident in each room where they masterfully combine historic antiques, modern conveniences, and luxurious amenities. Nancy’s skills extend to the kitchen where she whips up culinary delights for overnight guests. Her recipes are featured in the Kentucky cookbook, "Room at the Table".

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Full Gourmet Breakfast (Continental by request)

  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian We have a wide and varied menu and do our best to accommodate your dietary requests. Guests may choose from signature entrees such as crème brûlée or orange marmalade French toast, breakfast pie, lemon waffles with blackberries, baked eggs and mushrooms in ham crisps, or our popular gingerbread pancakes.

Signature Dish

French Toast: Crème Brûlée or Orange Marmalade
We offer two types of breakfast fare to meet guest needs: either a quick continental breakfast for those in a hurry or a full gourmet breakfast served at individual tables with fine linen tablecloths and china. For those in our dining room, we try to appeal to all the senses with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of soft music playing in the background. Our rotating menus include breakfast dishes that reflect our effort to present your meal with an artistic, attractive flair and include a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola. Full breakfast is included with each night's stay.


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